U.S. News rates La Verne No. 2 among nation’s Over-performing Universities
Thirty years after publishing its initial America’s Best Colleges report, U.S. News & World Report has released its first-ever performance analysis of the country’s top institutions of higher education. And according to its evaluation, the University of La Verne ranks No. 2 among the nation’s over-performing universities. (See Which Ranked Universities Are Doing Better Than Their Academic Reputations? – U.S. News)Using data from its 2013 America’s Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News measured the degree to which those institutions numerically ranked in the National Universities category exceeded their peer assessment ratings. For La Verne, that resulted in an improvement of 82 places. Only Maryville University of St. Louis, Mo., enjoyed a better improvement rate.
For La Verne, which for a third consecutive year placed in the top tier of U.S. News’ National Universities category, the improvement reflects a 33 percent increase between peer assessment and final ranking. The dramatic escalation highlights the university’s strong performance in a wide range of academic indicators as well as its continuing commitment to deliver excellent learning opportunities.
“I see this as a new way of looking at these national rankings. It provides a more accurate portrayal of an institution’s excellence,” said Provost Greg Dewey. “This new analysis gives a true indication of the overall quality of a University of La Verne education. The exceptional academics we afford inside the classroom are matched by the outstanding offerings and support our students receive throughout their collegiate experience.”
In its analysis, U.S. News released lists of the nation’s top 15 over-performing and under-performing institutions. It explained that schools cited as over-performing are doing well in other key academic indicators used in the rankings (including admissions selectivity, financial & faculty resources, and graduation & retention rates). All but one of those named to the over-performing list are private schools. Only five are located in the Western United States (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau), with just three in California.
All 15 of the schools making the under-performing list – those institutions whose performance in the publication’s key academic indicators is not keeping pace with its academic reputation – are large public universities, nine of which are located in the Western U.S.